Deputy tapped for director's position

Gary Stickles, who was tapped in July for the position of Columbus' deputy director of Public Services, will be considered Tuesday for the department's top spot. Columbus Council is scheduled to vote on whether Stickles will take the job of director of Public Services, a post that opened earlier this year with the retirement of Rufus Riggs.

Before he was hired as deputy director, Stickles was chief of the department's streets division, which is responsible for maintaining sidewalks, curbs, gutters and streets. He also has headed the landfill division.

If the 10-member council confirms Stickles, his salary would rise from $60,198.30 to $73,345.87.

With a yearly budget of $23 million and approximately 400 employees, Public Services is responsible for garbage collection, landfill management, street maintenance and other activities vital to the city's operation.